New regulations part of ongoing efforts to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD)
MDC reminds hunters, meat processors, taxidermists, and others of new regulations now in effect regarding transporting deer, elk, and other cervid carcasses into Missouri and within the state. Meat processors and taxidermists are also reminded of new regulations regarding cervid carcass disposal.
The new regulations, printed in the Wildlife Code of Missouri, affects deer, elk, and other members of the deer family, called cervids.
“Many states with CWD have implemented similar restrictions on carcass movement,” said MDC Wildlife Health Program Supervisor Jasmine Batten. “The detection of CWD in several new areas of the state over the past few years is very concerning, and these regulation changes aim to further slow its spread. The vast majority of deer in Missouri are CWD-free today, and we want to keep it that way!”
Regulation changes for hunters who harvest deer in Missouri from a CWD Management Zone county are:
The following carcass parts may be moved outside of the county of harvest without restriction:
Regulation changes for hunters bringing deer and other cervids into Missouri from another state are:
Regulation changes for taxidermists and meat processors are:
Most deer hunters should not be affected by the new regulations and most meat processors and taxidermists are already properly disposing of deer carcasses.
“Our deer hunter surveys show that at least 85 percent of deer hunters are not likely to be affected by the new regulations because they already dispose of carcasses on the property where the deer was harvested, on a property in the same county, or already take their harvested deer to licensed meat processors and taxidermists,” Batten explained.
Get more information on the regulation changes and other CWD information for fall deer hunting — including a map of the CWD Management Zone — from our 2020 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations & Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZgS.
For more information on field dressing harvested deer using the “gutless method,” watch this MDC video at youtu.be/m6Pxo0wOHxk. MDC will again offer statewide voluntary CWD sampling and testing of harvested deer during the entire deer season at select locations. MDC will also conduct mandatory CWD sampling for hunters who harvest deer in counties of the CWD Management Zone Nov. 14–15. Any changes to mandatory sampling requirements due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will be posted at mdc.mo.gov/cwd and be available from MDC regional offices.
CWD is a deadly disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family, called cervids. The disease has no vaccine or cure and eventually kills all cervids it infects. The infectious prions that cause CWD are most concentrated in the spines and heads of cervids. Moving potentially infected cervid carcasses out of the immediate areas where they were harvested and improperly disposing of them can spread the disease. MDC has established a CWD Management Zone consisting of counties in or near where CWD has been found. For more information on CWD, visit mdc.mo.gov/cwd.
Get healthy in nature this year. Visit mdc.mo.gov/places-go or download the free MO Outdoors app for ideas on where to go near you.
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Q: Is this an immature male hummingbird?
A. Good call! Yes, this is a juvenile,male ruby-throated hummingbird.
You can tell this is a male by the,tiny red feathers of his iridescent,gorget, the flashy patch of color,found on the throats of male,ruby-throated hummingbirds. You,can tell it is a juvenile because an,adult male would have complete,adult plumage, including the full,gorget. Both females and juvenile,males have white tips on their,retrices, or tail feathers; adult males do not have these white tips.,Another telling characteristic is the deeply forked tail. Females have a shallower tail fork.
Q: What kind of fish do you think did this? As I was having my quiet time, I enjoyed watching this take place.
A. This is likely the nest of a bluegill, a member of the sunfish family. Bluegill are prolific breeders and normally spawn in late spring and early summer when water temperatures rise to 70 to 75 degrees. A male bluegill will sweep or fan out a shallow, dish-shaped nest. Once established, these fish aggressively defend their nests against intruders, guarding them until the eggs hatch; after that, the fry are on their own. By age 3 or 4, most Missouri bluegill have grown to about 6 inches in length.
Bluegill have an interesting breeding sneakers” or “satellites,” have the color pattern and behavior of females; they enter other males’ nest areas and fertilize eggs without alerting the territorialnest- holding male.
When not on the nest, these gregarious fish often swim in loose groups of 20 to 30; at midday, they move to deeper water or shady spots. In mornings and evenings, they feed in the shallows.
To see a bluegill at work, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/ZB5.
Male blue dashers (Pachydiplax longipennis) have beautiful turquoise eyes, accentuated by the species’ characteristic pure white face. Relative to their body size, dragonflies have some of the largest eyes in the animal kingdom. Made up of nearly 30,000 optical units, or facets, called ommatidia, their eyes can detect the slightest movement in all directions simultaneously, making them deadly hunters. Blue dashers hunt mosquitoes, midges, gnats, and other tiny flying insects.
Corporal Tammy Cornine, Ray County Conservation Agent
If you’ve ever wanted,to wade into waterfowl,hunting, teal season is a good time to start. With opening day Sept. 12, teal season starts during a warmer time of the year. Milder weather conditions mean less investment in gear, so you can get started with just mud boots or hip waders and decoys. Teal season opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. The advantage of full sunlight allows hunters to properly identify what they are harvesting. The limit is six teal per day, 18 in possession. You must have a Small Game Permit, Migratory Bird Hunting Permit, and a Federal Duck Stamp.
For more information, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/z8b
Spotlight on people and partners.
By Larry Archer
From early adoption of no-till planting to being Missouri’s first Audubon Conservation Rancher, Dave Haubein believes he’s producing more than row crops and cattle. With his wife, Tanya, he’s also producing clean water, healthy soil, and wildlife habitat on the 4,600 acres he owns or manages near Lockwood in southwest Missouri.
“I like to use the term good conservation ethic because I think it is ethical to restore things the way they should be,” he said.
Haubein, the fifth generation of his family to work this land, was also on the forefront of planting cover crops to promote soil health in his row crop fields and converting previous fescue fields to native grasses.
“We use cover crops on as much of our property as we can plant after the row crops are done,” he said. “The conversion to the native grasses and the cover crops not only help the soil health, they’re tremendously beneficial to wildlife.”
This conservation ethic has attracted more than wildlife; it also attracted Ann and Brady Owen, his daughter and son-in-law, back to the Midwest from the West Coast to be a part of the operation.
“They’re really taking pride in what we’re doing,” he said. “It’s meaning something to them, and that means a lot to me that they’re into what we’re doing.”
The 2020–2021 waterfowl managed hunt process has been modified to assure the safety of hunters and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. MDC is committed to providing hunting opportunities on managed waterfowl hunting areas throughout the waterfowl season. To allow for flexibility to respond to the state of the pandemic, there will be no pre-season reservations for the 2020–2021 waterfowl season. There will also be no teal season or youth season morning drawings. Procedures for individual conservation areas will be posted on the MDC website closer to season.
All reservations, including ADA blinds, will be allocated through the weekly in-season reservation draw. The first application period will open Oct. 20 and results will be announced Oct. 27. The weekly application period opens every Tuesday at 8 a.m. and closes the following Monday at 3 p.m.
Throughout the season, hunters will be asked to follow precautionary guidelines to assure the safety of everyone at the site during the morning draw. There will be a sliding scale of procedural levels that could range from no staff-hunter contact at all to close to business as usual. At the start of the season, every conservation area will be assigned to a certain procedural level due to the status of COVID-19 in the county.
The decisions will be made in consultation with the appropriate county health department. Throughout the season, an area could move to a more restrictive procedural level depending on the county health department or other COVID-19 related factors.
Throughout the season, procedures could change with limited time to notify hunters. In order to receive updates as quickly as possible, subscribe to the “Waterfowl” email update list at mdc.mo.gov/subscribe. Interested hunters can also refer to the MDC website as information is available, at short.mdc.mo.gov/ZXx.
While this process means a significant change from what hunters are used to, MDC has no plans to make the changes permanent. MDC has designated staff at the numbers below to help answer any questions hunters may have about the changes to this year’s waterfowl season:
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